OPIRG Carleton Wednesday Weekly - October 26

OPIRG-Carleton News

#ALLOUTNOV2 National Day of Action for Free Tuition
On November 2 Ottawa students, labour solidarity partners, and community members will be going ALL OUT in support of universal, public post-secondary education in Canada. 

Join us at any point during the day's events!

10AM - Breakfast in the University Centre (UC) Atrium
11AM - Rally in the UC Atrium
11:30AM - Bus loading outside the UC to uOttawa

Noon - Rally on Tabaret Lawn
12:30 - March to Prime Minister's Office & Parliament Hill
1PM - Rally on Parliament Hill 

Bursary Applications

OPIRG-Carleton offers four research bursaries every year for Carleton University undergraduate and graduate students (descriptions below), with a focus on social and environmental justice in their research. Bursary applications for 2016-17 are now available. This year we are splitting up the deadlines for each semester. The Undergraduate and Graduate (Terry Cottam Research) student bursaries will be offered in the Fall semester (due November 18), and the International and Indigenous student bursaries will be offered in the Winter semester. Drop by the office (326 Unicentre) to pick up your application form! Find out more. 

Open Letter on Carleton's Sexual Violence Policy

The Carleton University Human Rights Society has written an open letter to the University Administration with their concerns about the Draft Sexual Violence Policy. OPIRG Carleton, along with many other organizations and students have signed their support on to the letter. We encourage you all to read the letter and sign your name to it.

The five main recommendations outlined in the letter are:

  1. That the Sexual Violence Review Committee be made up of a diverse group of neutral third party experts, independent from the Carleton administration.
  2. Expand and strengthen the use of the terms “rape culture” and “intersectionality” in the Policy beyond the Purpose of the Policy section and the Definitions section.
  3. Strengthen Carleton’s commitment to providing a complaint process that is “survivor-centered” by: 
    1. Removing the prohibition on Complainants’ making public statements before, during, and after the complaint process; 
    2. Amending the policy to allow the Sexual Violence Review Committee to inform the complainant of the disciplinary action ordered against the defendant; and 
    3. Removing the clause that enables the President of the University to create exceptions to any and all parts of the Policy.
  4. Clarify, outline and commit to expanding the services that will be provided to survivors of sexual violence.
  5. Expand the definition of the “Carleton Community” and address the loophole that enables Respondents to suspend the complaint process by ending their relationship with the University.

Read the letter and sign your name to it here.


OPIRG Roots Radio
Roots Radio has a show every second Tuesday at noon on CKCU 93.1 FM. 

Community Events


The Precarious Generation: Millennials Fight Back
Wednesday, October 26, 9 AM - 5 PM
144 Wellington Street
Find out more.

Action Meeting to Press Canada to Support a Global Ban on Nuclear Weapons
Wednesday, October 26, 6 PM - 7 PM
Parliament, East Block: Room 362
Find out more. 

Public Consultation on Organizations that Oversee Police Conduct
Wednesday, October 26, 6 PM - 8 PM
Wabano Centre
We want to hear from you. Conducted by the Hon. Justice Michael H. Tulloch, this review includes the SIU, OIPRD and the OCPC; organizations that oversee police conduct. Find out more.


What it's Like Being Young, Somali & Male in Ottawa
Thursday, October 27, 7 PM - 9 PM
241 Northwestern Ave
Find out more.

The Governance of Seeds and Food: Taking Stock
Thursday, October 27, 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Carleton University: Dunton Tower
A symposium in honour of Harriet Friedmann and the work of USC Canada. Find out more.


Last day to send in feedback for Carleton's Draft Sexual Violence Policy! 


Women Writing: A Multi-Genre Reading and Discussion
Saturday, October 29, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Octopus Books: 116 Third Ave
Find out more.

African, Caribbean and Black Health Forum
Saturday, October 29, 1 PM - 6 PM
300 Des Peres Blancs
Find out more.


Rally: Justin You Said You'd be Different!
Monday, October 31, 12 PM - 12:30 PM
80 Wellington Street
Find out more.

CUSA Food Centre's Trick or Eat
Monday, October 31, 5 PM - 8 PM
Carleton University: University Centre 317
Find out more.


Shine the Light Fountain Launch
Tuesday, November 1, 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Somerset Square
Find out more.

Posted on October 26, 2016 .